Josh Cinner

Professorial Research Fellow
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
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Joshua Cinner is a professorial research fellow for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, headquartered at James Cook University in Australia. Cinner is using his Pew fellowship to assess coral “bright spots”; uncover the social, economic, and political conditions that made them possible; and formulate policy for more sustainable reef governance in other parts of the world. Earth’s coral reefs are rapidly degrading, and their decline is severely diminishing the well-being of coastal communities dependent on the goods and services provided by the marine environment. But some places, referred to as “bright spots,” have successfully sustained their reefs. Cinner is conducting a first-of-its-kind global analysis to identify new bright spots by examining patterns across nine areas in the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic oceans. By interviewing fishermen, traders, officials, researchers, community leaders, and managers, Cinner hopes to identify common socioeconomic or institutional conditions that can be used for positive policy change. To learn more about Cinner, visit his bio online:

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